Summertime is upon us, and we all know what that means. It’s moving season! Whether you’re moving into an adorable studio apartment, or just want to maximize the space in your dorm or bedroom, we’ve cultivated some tips to make this small space feel like home.

Create Zones

Create separate spaces for the different activities that you do within your home or bedroom. Some simple ways of creating sections within a small space are putting up a divider, go for one that serves multiple purposes, such as the shelving unit pictured below. You can also add a splash of paint or some unique curtains to divide the sections of your home into distinctive livable areas.

Multi-tasking furniture is key

Everyone knows that successful multi-tasking is an amazing thing. Why shouldn’t your furniture do the same? Seek out a coffee table that has storage, using a vintage trunk as a coffee table is a stylish and unique option. Grab that adorable ottoman from the flea market that you’ve been eyeing! An ottoman can be used as storage, a seat, and even a little table. There are some amazing DIY under bed storage ideas. Buy bed risers with outlets in them, and throw some wheels on some unused drawers, and you’ve got an adorable place to store pajamas or extra blankets, as well as additional outlets for all of your devices.

Think vertically

To make up for the lack of horizontal space, utilize the square footage of your walls. There are many ways to utilize the height of your small space without compromising floor space. Hanging floor-to-ceiling curtains , such as the curtains pictured below which can be found at will draw the eye upward, and can also provide an interesting and eye catching piece of art to your home if you buy decorative and unique curtains. Buy or build shelves and cabinets that go all the way up to the ceiling, this tip will draw your eyes upward while also serving the purpose of providing storage space.

Make the space your own

Depending upon your landlord’s rules, you can add splashes of color to your walls, which will help with creating distinct spaces within your home. Hanging artwork, such as the pieces pictured below, this will ensure that your home echoes your personal style.

The Purge!

Only invest in items that have utility or add a real feeling of coziness to your new space. Moving is the perfect time to purge your space of unnecessary items. I guarantee that someone at the local thrift store will absolutely love that old ceramic Shih Tzu statue and the old clothes that you don’t wear anymore. As Marie Kondo says, “If it doesn’t bring you joy, throw it out”.

If you feel that you absolutely must keep those sentimental tchotchkes, store some in a bin in your closet, and switch them out when you feel that your nest is becoming stagnant.

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